By Francis LaBelle Jr.

Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield was ahead at every call Sunday afternoon and easily won the 30th running of the $83,775 Damon Runyon Stakes for two-year-old New York-breds at a mile and 70 yards at Aqueduct Racetrack.

In giving trainer Steve Asmussen his second winner of the day and jockey Ramon Dominguez the second of three winners on the afternoon -- Haynesfield set an uncontested pace of 23.46, 48,03, 1:13.84 and came home a 5 ¼-length winner in 1:42.51 on Aqueduct’s fast inner dirt track..

“We had a lot of confidence in him,” said Dominguez. “We were on the inside and got the lead pretty easily. He’s got enough speed; I even thought about putting the breaks on him. But he was going along easily, so I thought I would go on with him. He’s got high cruising speed and distance doesn’t seem to be an issue. He finished up strong.

The favorite of the on-track crowd of 3,093l, the Speightstown colt returned $6.10 for his second victory in three career starts.

Fiddlers Afleet, Legal Consent, Thunder Roar, Tall Poppi, Always on the Move, Karakorum Legend, Show Me the Cash, That’s Rich and Harmonic Man completed the order of finish. Also-eligible Dear Cat was scratched.

Earlier Sunday, Alan Brodsky’s Don’t Forget Gil turned in a professional effort in her first start around two turns, gliding to a 3 ¾-quarter length victory in the 71st running of the $80,775 East View for two-year-old, New York-bred fillies at a mile and seventy yards.

She returned $7 to win for her second victory in three starts. In her only loss, she ran second at seven furlongs here on the main track on November 13.

“I think the world of her,” said trainer Mark Hennig. “I was really surprised she lost last time. Today, going two turns, maybe she just needs to go longer. The jockey (Rajiv Maragh) rode a great race. It looked like Rajiv was in trouble on the backstretch, but when a hole opened he sent her through. Last time, it looked like she didn’t like being on the inside, but I think she learned form that race.”

Maragh kept his mount close to the slow pace of 25.36, 51.77 and 1:17.42 on the fast inner dirt track at Aqueduct. But when front-running Sarah Accomplished came out briefly, she created the hole Don’t’ Forget Gil was waiting for and went to win in 1:46.34.

“There was a lot of congestion up front, but you would expect that with a slow pace,” Maragh said. “I was patient. I wasn’t in any hurry. I settled behind the favorite (Submerge) and took my time. The 5 (Sarah Accomplished) ducked out for a second and I sent her right through. In the stretch, I knew I had a lot of horse and I knew I could hold off any challenges.”

Don’t Forget Gil is named for longtime NYRA clubhouse box seats usher Gil Parrucci.

“It’s wonderful to have a horse named after you,” Parrucci said “And it’s an honor coming from such a terrific guy (owner Alan Brodsky).”

Favored Submerge finally got racing room and held second over Soave. Sapphire Sky, Seek On and Sarah Accomplished trailed.


EAST VIEW QUOTES

Winning trainer Mark Hennig of Don’t Forget Gil (No. 2): “I think the world of her. I was really surprised she lost last time. Today, going two turns, maybe she just needs to go longer. The jockey (Rajiv Maragh) rode a great race. It looked like Rajiv was in trouble on the backstretch, but when a hole opened he sent her through. Last time, it looked like she didn’t like being on the inside, but I think she learned form that race.”

Winning jockey Rajiv Maragh: “There was a lot of congestion up front, but you would expect that with a slow pace. I was patient. I wasn’t in any hurry. I settled behind the favorite (Submerge) and took my time. The 5 (Sarah Accomplished) ducked out for a second and I sent her right through. In the stretch, I knew I had a lot of horse and I knew I could hold off any challenges.”

NOTE: Don’t Forget Gil is named for longtime NYRA clubhouse box seats usher Gil Parrucci. “It’s wonderful to have a horse named after you,” Parucci said “And it’s an honor coming from such a terrific guy (owner Alan Brodsky).”